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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A Recorder Flash Mob Surprises All at Bancroft

Third graders across the district receive two music classes a week, one that focuses on musical theory and pedagogy and the other where students get to explore with musical recorders as instruments.  This year Bancroft had the pleasure of having Mr. Joseph Wright teach our third graders their weekly recorder classes.  For our spring musical performance, Mr. Wright worked with Bancroft's music teacher (Ms. Evelyn Loynd) to organize a "Recorder Flash Mob" right in the middle of the concert.  Third graders surprised the whole school playing a rendition of "Centuries" accompanied by Mr. Wright on the electric bass and Ms. Loynd on the piano.  It was a huge success, as the whole school even joined in clapping the beat as the third graders performed.  Great job to all the Bancroft musicians!

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Monday, June 22, 2015

The Tradition Continues!

The tradition continues this month as Shawsheen 1st and 2nd graders receive their published books from the Publishing Committee.  Students write all year and select one manuscript to be typed and bound into a published book.  This year, the Committee was headed by parents Claire Gilbert & Jennifer Srivastava.  These books are a treasured mementos for all the students!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

South's Community Service Committee Spring Projects

The Community Service Committee at South has had a busy spring! This committee, comprised of civic-minded students in grades 3-4-5 with supervision from staff members Jordan Caruso and Gretch Detora, meets approximately once a month to implement projects that will help out a local community organization. In the fall, students brainstormed a number of projects and then mapped out the year. Two of their spring projects are highlighted below:

The South School Community Service Committee chose to support "Veterans Helping Veterans" by sponsoring a Pasta and Sauce Drive, which was donated to the Northeast Veterans Outreach Center in Haverhill, MA. Northeast Veterans Outreach is an organization that houses and feeds over 75 veterans 365 days a year. Our generous school community contributed roughly 50 one-pound boxes of pasta along with cans/jars of pasta sauce.  The pasta/sauce collection project was a result of a letter from a volunteer from the Northeast Veterans Outreach Center. The staff contacted the group and a veteran came to South to speak to the kids and tell them what their organization is all about. The students enjoyed speaking with this representative.

For their May Community Service project, the committee partnered with AHS students Caitlin Buggy and Angela McNamara, Co-Presidents of the Birthday Wishes Club of Andover High School. The club is affiliated with the Birthday Wishes Organization that provides birthday parties to children in homeless shelters across New England. The national organization helped over 28,000 children last year.
At South, we collected numerous birthday presents for children of many ages, all in the spirit of our Pay-It-Forward theme this year. 

The Community Service Committee reflects a true spirit of generosity and kindness at South School!

Monday, June 8, 2015

The Muppet Show entertains at Shawsheen School

June 4th was the final grade level performance at Shawsheen Elementary School performed by the second grade.  "The Muppet Show" was a great way to end the school year featuring singing, dancing, drumming, and even a little chicken squawking.  The show ended with "Rainbow Connection" reminding us all to keep dreaming, keep imagining, and keep creating.
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Monday, June 1, 2015

“Breakfast Hero”

Andover High School students in Advanced Film/Video production recently won first place in the Fifth Annual School Breakfast video contest, School Breakfast: Eat. Film. Screen. sponsored by The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (ESE) Child Nutrition Outreach Program (CNOP) at Project Bread. 

The “Breakfast Hero” video beat out nearly 100 other entries for the top prize: a $1,000 gift card, an appearance on WHDH-TV’s “Urban Update”, and a celebratory event hosted by the ESE and CNOP earlier this morning. The winning video features a distracted main character being haunted, figuratively and literally, by a sugary donut during class time. The distracted student runs away from the classroom being chased by the sugary donut, eventually tripping and falling into the cafeteria. A school nutrition worker kicks the donut out of the scene, handing the now focused and excited student a healthy school breakfast.

The winning video can be viewed here:
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